Culture, politics and criticism

Introduction to culture, politics and criticism


  1. One dance or many: the styles of tango
  2. What is essential in tango: connection
  3. The big small: courtesy
  4. Culture and learning: acculturation vs. enculturation
  5. The fundamental problem of global tango: too much floor space


  1. Tradition and evolution in tango: the influence of Street Latin
  2. Tango as culture: anthropology vs. criticism
  3. Beauty or kitsch: making aesthetic judgements about tango dancing
  4. Sacred and profane values in the postmodern world


  1. Conservatism and progressivism in tango: real and faux
  2. Postmodernism: the hollowing out effect of ironic word salad in tango discourse
  3. Sex roles: is tango compatible with women’s empowerment
  4. The dystopian future: hipster tango

Music and musicality

  1. Tango in historical context: an overview
  2. Historical origins: the habanera rhythm
  3. Authenticity in music: the canonical recordings
  4. Feeling: understanding music as movement and expression
  5. Musicality: the connection of music and movement



  1. Technique and culture
  2. Efficiency of movement
  3. Naturalness in dancing
  4. Slow focused practice


  1. Embrace: the essence of tango
  2. Alignment: the chest
  3. Posture: the head-neck relation
  4. Arms: floating elbows


  1. Walking: the basic movement
  2. Feet: a functional approach
  3. Principle of reversibility
  4. Turning without swiveling


  1. Improvisation
  2. Choreography vs. emergent movement
  3. Don’t do adornments and women’s technique
  4. Imagery
  5. Interpretation
  6. Setup

Learning & Teaching Strategies

  1. Training vs. demonstration of skill
  2. Microskill stack
  3. Base
  4. Conversation
  5. Errors
  6. Motivation
  7. Reading
  8. Slow Focused Practice
  9. Teaching
  10. Videos


  1. Systems
  2. Rationale
  3. Needs
  4. Focused connected tango movement
  5. Method